Color Is Our DNA
Michael Howells for Rug Star
Color Is Our DNA is a custom rug collection designed by Michael Howells for Rug Star, in collaboration with Christiane Millinger Handmade Rugs. Helmed by Jürgen Dahlmanns, Berlin-based Rug Star is internationally renowned for its bold designs and artful interpretations of traditional rug patterns.
The collection features 9 abstract motifs. Each was hand knotted in silk and wool by exceptional textile artisans in Rajasthan. Color Is Our DNA is available at Christiane Millinger Handmade Rugs in Portland, OR, and via Rug Star worldwide. In 2020, Color Is Our DNA was a Best Design and Best Collection finalist at Domotex, the prestigious global trade show for new textiles.
Inspiration for this collection came from lofty sources and the ordinary. Abstracting alphabet letters beyond recognition produces shapely flourishes...
Wool and silk
Color Is Our DNA comes in all wool iterations, as well as a blend of wool and silk.
Master weavers from Rajasthan hand knot each rug in teams, a skill passed down through generations. The finished product is celebrated with the makers and designers donning the rugs as robes, the better to show off their colors and textures.
Photographer: Laurie Black